Mark and Joanna Briedenhann
WHY CROSSFIT JOZI EAST?
We decided on CrossFit Jozi East as it ticked a lot of our requirements – close to home, classes that worked with our schedules, a kids programme, and the response time to our initial enquiry. After meeting with Carl for our introduction and seeing how the box is run as well as how the groundwork ensures that you are safe in all your movements sealed the deal for us.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A MEMBER FOR?
We joined in March 2017
WHO INSPIRES YOU AT THE GYM AND IN LIFE?
Andre, Carl, Tersh, Lisa and Tia are totally inspirational, motivational and enthusiastic. Also, everyone who walks through the door, whether it is their first time or their 100th time is an inspiration.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING WHEN YOU AREN’T AT THE GYM?
When we aren’t at the gym we are generally recovering. Some workouts have left us aching for days afterwards. And we also try and improve our running endurance and might throw in a push up (or ten) and some skipping when we feel the urge.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU ALWAYS KEEP STOCK OF IN YOUR FRIDGE?
TELL US ONE INTERESTING THING THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU?
We are high school sweethearts and have been together for 22 years
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO SOMEONE INTERESTED IN STARTING CrossFit?
Just do it!
WHAT MOVEMENTS WOULD YOUR PERFECT WORKOUT INCLUDE?
Most movements are enjoyable, and the way that no WOD is the same makes every session enjoyable. But to be perfectly honest, I would be very happy to never have to do a burpee or sled push again (maybe this question should be what would your perfect workout exclude?
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE CLASS AT CFJ EAST?
Any of the GI Jozi’s are pretty memorable as they always leave us gasping for air and dripping with sweat. It’s always fun to push yourself that little bit harder, faster and further each week.
WHAT IS THE COOLEST THING THAT YOU HAVE ACHIEVED AT CFJ EAST?
Everything! We are pushed beyond our limits during each class and have achieved so much in a short space of time. We look forward to crushing our current limits and surging to new heights of health and fitness.
WHAT CHANGES IN YOUR HEALTH HAVE YOU NOTICED SINCE STARTING?
Overall we are leaner, meaner and healthier since starting in March with some pretty impressive range of motion improvements too.
LIST SOME OF YOUR BIG GOALS.
To be able to do the strict movements (pull ups, push ups / HSPU etc) we are still developing our confidence in the various movements.